How to Learn the South Korean Language

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How to Learn the South Korean Language
Practice speaking Korean with people who are from South Korea. (south korea flag icon. (with clipping path) image by Andrey Zyk from

Korean is widely spoken in South Korea, North Korea and areas in Japan, America and Canada. Learning the language will open doors for job opportunities in areas where Korea is spoken. According to "So You Want to Speak Korean," learning Korean can also help you get discounts at Korean-owned stores and eating at Korean restaurants. Korean people appreciate non-native speakers who learn the language.

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  1. 1

    Learn the Korean alphabet. You can practice drawing and pronouncing the alphabet, and use videos for identify the letters. Try practicing them correctly and repeating the alphabet until it is memorised.

  2. 2

    Learn basic words with a Korean phrase book. You should choose a book with English letters and phonetics. This will help you pronounce the words. Workbooks with accompanying CDs will also help with pronunciation.

  3. 3

    Write the Korean words. Korean characters are stacked on top of each other to form syllables and words. Sentences are written horizontally, beginning from the left. The characters are always written the same. Upper case and lower case characters are not used.

  4. 4

    Speak Korean. You can practice Korean with native speakers that you meet online in a program like Conversation Exchange, or join a "meetup group." At meetup gatherings, connect with other people learning conversational Korean. If you enjoy music, listen to Korean pop music with English subtitles on YouTube, and translate English words you know into Korean words.

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